There comes a time for the Lord to begin a new chapter, to write a new story, and the begin a different phase. Just as the Israelites were promised a new triumph after singing the praises of God for the Exodus for over a millennium, so we may be on the cusp of a new season with great victories for the Kingdom of God! Pentecost was not the end but rather the beginning. The disciples of Jesus went out into the marketplace to bring about a public ministry that transformed the world. With churches still shut down in many places, perhaps God is now calling us to bring our ministry to the public square in a similar way. The season of harvest must be led and conducted in the fields, not the barn. Arise Christians and go forth in the name of Jesus Christ!
Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.